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Research Initiatives

Bits & Watts

The Bits & Watts initiative focuses on innovations for the 21st century electric grid. Launched in October 2016, the initiative is led by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. Bits & Watts will enable researchers from Stanford to develop a new grid paradigm that incorporates more than 50 percent clean power and distributed energy, while assuring grid reliability, security and affordability. The holistic approach involves engineering, markets, regulations, business models and policy, all working in synch to form a large functional ecosystem. Bits & Watts provides research, education and dialog within the ecosystem that brings together knowledge and expertise to address current and future challenges.

Natural Gas Initiative

The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) engages faculty across the university to carry out the many types of research needed to ensure that natural gas is developed and used in ways that are economically, environmentally and societally optimal. The initiative focuses on major advances in natural gas production that have fundamentally changed the energy outlook in the United States and much of the world. NGI is a collaboration between the Precourt Institute for Energy and the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Affiliates Program

Stanford Energy 3.0

Stanford Energy 3.0 creates a connection between member industrial firms and Stanford University. The program supports advanced research, policy study, outreach, and education across a broad range of issues at the intersection of energy, materials and chemistry, technology, and policy. In addition, it provides a means for member organizations to not only directly support our activities, but to be involved more closely than they could otherwise with Stanford's research activities in these areas